A unique deck of cards
Learning about the mystical worldview of the viking age Norseman has never been so easy and fun before. Now it is available for all humans residing in Midgard. There is no need to sacrifice an eye like Odin for this sacred knowledge, it‘s just one click away.
Ragnarok –Destiny of the Gods is a new and unique edutainment card game, designed to make learning about the culture, mythology and society of the Viking age Norsemen easy and fun.
About the author
“Ragnarök – Destiny of the Gods” is the intellectual work of Reynir A. Óskarson a passionate researcher of Viking-age culture, society, and history. He was born and raised in Iceland, where this culture has been preserved better than perhaps any of the other northern lands.
From the ancient texts
The deck of cards contains sixty-five cards, representing most of the beings found in Norse mythology, some of them unexpected and peculiar. Each card holds a text telling the Saga specific to that being, and the general statistics of the being along with character trait points representing combat abilities, magical abilities, influence and mobility. All this information is taken directly from the ancient texts. This work is an intense labor of love with more than a year spent on going through the ancient texts with multiple experts lending a hand.
“Ragnarok – Destiny of the Gods” is one of those rare games that entertains while it educates. You can’t help but learn about the Norse myths while playing the game. Every card draws you deeper into these ancient stories about gods and giants and kings and trolls. The card deck can be used for a variety of games, offering challenging game play for both adult and young players.
The polytheistic world of our ancient mothers and fathers has remained largely closed off to us due to Christian misinterpretations. Heathenism was more open and liberal than the monotheist belief in an all good God and an all evil Satan. Good and evil were relative terms. Man was a part of nature and nature was personified in the various gods and spirits that lived in waterfalls, lakes, tree and cliffs – as can be seen in numerous names such as Goðafoss (waterfall of the gods). I highly recommend this informative and entertaining game of action, in a sea of otherwise misinterpreted or misinformed Viking merchandise.
Norse Mythology is taught in Waldorfschools, in fourth grade, according to an international Waldorf curriculum. The card game Ragnarök: Destiny of the Gods, has become a part of our teaching materials in the Waldorfschool Sólstafir in Reykjavík and has proved to be a great source of inspiration. During a few weeks study block, students make their own workbook with texts and illustrations and the card game has helped them to delve deeper into this ancient world of myths and has provided a more profound understanding of the subject. Ragnarök provides a setting where students can visualize the main characters and set the imagination free. The text on the cards is clear and to the point.The game encourages dialogue and ideas, where students can make new connections and expand their knowledge, while enjoying active communication, which is important to nurture in the school environment. I sincerely reccommend the card game Ragnarök: Destiny of the Gods, both for teaching and for fun.
This card game is the who-is-who of the Viking gods. By playing, students become acquainted with the names and the main functions of the gods and their world and easily connect to that when confronted with allusions to the Viking world in literature or daily life.
Ragnarok is a well designed card game where good entertainment and education are weaved together. You can play a number of games with the deck and everyone should be able to find a game that suits them. Ragnarok is not only entertaining as a game but also filled with knowledge about Norse gods, giants, trolls and spirits (or simply Norse mythology). The design of the cards is of high quality and all the text well done.
The passion that has been put into the design of the Ragnarök cards is present in every single line and image. The game is an excellent and entertaining learning tool for those interested in the Norse mythology, but even the well versed will find a surprising fact here and there. The difficulty of the games vary, so it is suited for a wide age group and different level of experience.
I teach 14 students between the age of 17-22 years old taking courses on the life of Vikings at the Folkhigh school in Norway, Njordfjordeid. All my students are eager players when it comes to games, both traditional and electronic, and they all are very knowledgeable about the Viking-age.
We tested all the games possible to play with Ragnarok – Destiny of the Gods.
Conclusion: The easiest game is very well suited as an introduction game for the younger siblings of the students. In the easiest games you are introduces to the norse deities. It is an inspiration to read and know more or just use the cards as flashcards for the norse cosmology.
The more difficult games is where your knowledge about norse mythology will be tested. We found nothing that wasn‘t taken directly from the ancient sources. Nothing was added for the sake of adding. I recommend this game wholehearted!
Ragnarok – Destiny of the gods is great! I got the cards for my dad a month ago but decided to try them first myself. He still hasn’t gotten them and probably never will. My boyfriend and I played all the games in the same night and had a lot of fun with it. I then brought them to a party the night after to play with more people and everyone loved it. The cards themselves are very beautiful and the games are a lot of fun and sparked very lively conversations about the Norse mythology! It was also surprising how well thought out the cards are, everything on them is there for a reason, the numbers and the information you are given, and nothing is grabbed out of thin air.
I recommend Ragnarok very much, the different kinds of games make it fun for all kinds of occasions and people. It’s so interesting and so much fun. Go get one!
I have found a treasure. Ragnarok –Destiny of the Gods made by Reynir A. Óskarsson is entertaining, mesmerizing and educational all at the same time. This piece on Norse mythology is suitable for all ages and all levels of education from experts to beginners. Truly suitable as an educational material for schools and my Christmas present this year.
Ragnarok –Destiny of the Gods is a magnificent contribution to our cultural heritage. The cards open up the door of the myths in gameplay, this is education without any effort. For many years I have introduced Norse mythology for young people, with the cards this will be many times easier and entertaining. The old Gods and the world of adventure surrounding them becomes clear as day to the players. You can play different games with these cards depending on the player there are games for children, teenagers and grown ups. The cards have been immensely popular with those I play with and those my friends who play it, the players usually read each word on each card not only to prepare for the next game but also because their enthusiasm for Norse mythology has just risen to new heights. Some people even find it enough to read the cards and that’s enjoyment enough for them. I highly recommend that parents and teachers introduce these cards to their children for it is not only a healthy entertainment, it’s more than that, in these cards lives the magic of Norse mythology it opens the doorway to the ancient lore.